Thursday, 26 January 2017
So much is at stake both politically, financially and morally that only the most considered and careful debate should be contemplated.
Every time this man opens his mouth he alienates yet another huge swathe of the population, both at home and abroad.
Each comment appears to confirm our worst fears as to his style of leadership, His is not the language of diplomacy. It shows no evidence of judicious and measured examination of the problems America is facing on the home front.
His manner is that of the school bully with the added incentive of seemingly limitless power.
Whatever the outcome of this first meeting of the new president with a foreign head of state I fear the lady will require a very long spoon.
Posted by Ray Barnes at 6:58:00 pm
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
After almost a week in bed sweating, coughing and only getting up to make drinks and other essentials I feel someone somewhere should be made aware of my suffering.
Never one to suffer in silence I feel it is only fair to spread my misery as far as possible (though, not my virus, even I am not that bad).
As I became more and more poorly I informed all those who had to know and took to my bed.
Usually two days in bed is sufficient to see off the worst part of a cold or flu attack, this beast however is something else.
On Sunday night the pain in my upper back was so severe that I broke my golden rule, gave in and took two Paracetamol Extra tablets and within ten minutes the pain was gone and I was asleep.
Waking 3 hours later I was saturated from neck to ankle, nightie, bedlinen and all and so hot I was glad to get out of bed and walk around. Looking out of the window I found I had double vision, very strange to see my neighbours' houses with two frames around their doors and windows.
As I had been giddy for a day or two I wasn't really sure how much was the virus and how much due to the tablets.
I may have said before that I never take tablets or medication for anything unless I am forced to do so, with the result that when I do give in (about once in two years) and take what other people routinely take for every headache, I have quite spectacular results.
Late this evening as my aching back was still causing a problem I took another two, they worked on the backache but unfortunately didn't send me to sleep, so here i am, soaked again with sweat but pain free and joyfully sharing my woes with anyone silly enough to read them.
Posted by Ray Barnes at 12:35:00 am
Tuesday, 3 January 2017
Following normal procedure I went downstairs in my nightie dressing gown and slippers, set out the breakfast stuff, put the water heater and the kettle on and opened the back door.
An icy blast greeted me (temperature -5 degrees) and it was pitch black.
Stepping out onto the outside doormat my foot slid on ice and I fell on my back with my knees twisted and one foot under me.
My naked legs were out in the icy cold my upper body on the kitchen floor, such an elegant pose.
I yelled blue murder - fortunately far too early for anyone else to be up and knew that I had hurt my right foot but also that it was not broken. (I have injured myself often enough to know when something is broken) and tried to get up.
This at my age is no longer a simple matter. Rolling over onto my knees I clung to the nearest bit of 'white goods', the tumble-dryer, and hauled myself upright.
Shaking and uttering gentile expressions like "Oh my, what a silly thing to do" or something similar I went back inside made my tea and then stepped outside again, headed for the shed and put out bird-seed etc.
Realising that I was going to have a very big bruise and a lump on my ankle I then had a long hot shower.
Before leaving for St Mary's (I was on SPACE duty ) I realised that sometimes one actually needs to take a look around before taking an action, or even try to notice the thick frost on the ground, or even to remember that yes I was once 18 but that was 63 years ago.
January is clearly off to its usual 'flying' start.
Does anyone know the phone number of a good patient angel, or even a body guard?
Posted by Ray Barnes at 10:36:00 pm